Vijay Shankar trolled over his ‘Watson or Kallis’ remark | Photo: BCCI/ IPL &
- Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) all-rounder Vijay Shankar’s recent remarks have become the talk of the town on social media
- Shankar gave an honourable mention to legendary all-rounders Jacques Kallis and Shane Watson in an interview
- Shankar’s remarks have sparked a meme fest on social media
There was a time when the Indian all-rounder Vijay Shankar had certainly pushed the envelope in the all-rounder’s department in the Indian national camp. The Indian all-rounder had become the talk of the town after his rapid rise triggered a surprise ouster of veteran batsman Ambati Rayudu from Team India’s squad for the ICC World Cup 2019.
Rayudu’s ‘3D’ tweet as a sharp dig at then chief selector MSK Prasad following his praise-worthy remarks on Shankar had also become the talk of the town. Fast forwarding the clock to the present, both Shankar and Rayudu are not part of Team India’s plans. Rayudu has already called time on his bitter-sweet career while Shankar is still keen on making a case for himself by featuring in high-profile tournaments on the domestic circuit.
In one of his recent interviews with News 18, the out-of-favour all-rounder spoke at length about his batting capabilities. Shankar also gave an honourable mention to legendary all-rounders Jacques Kallis and Shane Watson. Shankar suggested that he could be like Kallis or Watson for the Virat Kohli-led Team India. Shankar’s remarks have not gone down well with fans and followers of the gentlemen’s game. The Indian all-rounder has been trolled over his ‘Kallis or Watson’ statement on social media.
Shankar had said that he is an all-rounder although the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) star is known for his batting. “So just because I’m an all-rounder, it shouldn’t be like I should bat only at No. 6 or 7. I can also be someone like Jacques Kallis or Shane Watson,” Shankar was quoted as saying.
“They open the innings or bat at No. 3 and bowl. It’s not a compulsion that an all-rounder has to bat at No. 6-7. If I can score runs at the top, and pick wickets, it’s good for the team too, right?” he added. The 30-year-old has played 12 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 9 T20Is for Team India. Shankar made his debut against Sri Lanka at R.Premadasa Stadium in 2018.